* Kotoka is harvested during the period from mid-December to mid-May. Please be informed that it may not be available depending on market conditions.

Miyake – Japanese Sweets ( Cafe + Nara Sweets)

Hidden but not at all missed is the fabulous “Miyake” Nara sweets cafe and outlet.
Situated on a site dating back to over 200 years, sit in the surrounds of a once Japan whilst enjoying a delicacy from their extensive range of sweets and drinks. This time around, Nara Time invites you to try Miyake’s famous Kotoka Strawberry and Yamato Tea gelato.

Location
1-5-1 Torimi-cho Nara shi, Nara
Map
Phone number
+81-742-51-3008
Business hours
10:00 - 18:00 (Last order at 17:00)
Regular holiday
Sundays
URL
http://miyake-flagship.jp

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Nara Sweets Craftsman Nakanishi Yosaburo (Nara Sweets)

The everyday lives of the people of Nara is most prominently experienced in Naramachi. As the fourth generation of this traditional sweets store, Mr. Katsuyuki Nakanishi, believes it is his mission to protect the traditional townscape of this area, and he engages in town revitalization projects.
He refurbished the old townhouse in which his store is located, and built a beautiful teahouse with a splendid view of the garden. He repurposed parts of the townhouse as gallery spaces. These inspired ideas provide comfort for his customers and make for an enjoyable visit.
Nakanishi-san includes the flavours of Nara culture within his products, including traditional ingredients such as Yamato tea and Kotoka strawberries in order to create truly authentic items.

(Images: left to right) Silky Habutae strawberries, Naramachi dango steamed buns. Habutae strawberries are available between December and May. Saka Manju buns can be obtained between January and March.

Location
23 Wakidocho, Nara-shi, Nara
Map
Phone number
TEL/FAX:+81-742-24-3048
Business hours
9:30 - 18:00
* Sweets-making workshop, reservations required. Yen 2,160. (Duration approx. 60 minutes, maximum 16 people per session) Available dates for each month are announced on the homepage.
Regular holiday
irregular holidays 
URL
http://www.naramachi.jp/

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La pause no mori café-La Pause (Cafe)

This stand-alone café hides itself among trees in the middle of the cityscape. Its popular items are fluffy pancakes and the chef’s original cakes. The menu covers lunch specials and meal pancakes, which caters to all occasions.

Location
2-11-62, Shibatsujicho, Nara-shi, Nara, 630-8114, Japan
Map
Phone number
+81-742-30-3450
Business hours
10:00~20:00 (Last order 19:00)
Regular holiday
Irregular
URL
http://www.la-pause.jp/

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Patisserie trico (Chocolatier, Cafe)

This shop is scheduled to open in May 2016. The first floor is a sweets shop with a focus on chocolates while the second floor is a café that overlooks the Gangō-ji temple tower ruins, which is a world heritage site. The take-out confectionery is also great as souvenirs from Nara.

Location
20-1, Yakushidocho, Nara-shi, Nara, 630-8321, Japan
Map
Phone number
+81-742-25-2788
Business hours
11:00~18:00
Regular holiday
Irregular
URL
http://trico-az.com/

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DRINK DRANK (Smoothie shop)

This smoothie shop offers around 13 variations of smoothies, made by the vegetable sommelier owner, that capture the natural flavors of Nara-grown ingredients. The most popular flavor is the “Classic Mix Smoothie.” Take-outs are also available to add an extra enjoyment to your exploration of the area.

Location
8, Hashimotocho, Nara-shi, Nara, 630-8217, Japan
Map
Phone number
+81-742-27-6206
Business hours
11:00~20:00 (Last order 19:30)
Regular holiday
Wednesday
URL
http://www.drinkdrank.com/

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Kuuki cake (Patisserie and Cafe)

This popular cake shop is well-known for its acorn-shaped appearance and its signature cake “Kūki cake,” which has an airy texture. All of the cakes in the showcase are colorful and larger than standard size. Eat-in also available.

Location
Fureaikaikan1F, 738-2, Takabatakecho, Nara-shi, Nara, 630-8301, Japan
Map
Phone number
+81-742-27-2828
Business hours
9:00~19:30
Regular holiday
Wednesday (Holiday is open)
URL
http://www.kuukicake.com/

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Nara hotel tea lounge (Cafe)

The open lounge with large windows that reach the ceiling allows you to enjoy the view of the surrounding greenery while indulging in the hotel patissier’s specialty cakes. Come and enjoy a relaxing moment with unique set menus that include green tea or a glass of champagne.

Location
1096, Takabatakecho, Nara-shi, Nara, 630-8301, Japan
Map
Phone number
+81-742-26-3300
Business hours
8:30~18:00
Regular holiday
None
URL
http://www.narahotel.co.jp/tea_lounge.html

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